Sew your own Frozen costumes for $10 each
We are certainly a Frozen-obsessed household. If you have yet to see Frozen, I can bet that you either do not have small children, OR you do have small children but they are too young/fidgety/easily-frightened-by-movie-deaths and that’s why you haven’t seen it.
(FYI the deaths in Frozen aren’t scary at all — a wave quietly crashes over a ship that, erhm, has a Mom and Dad aboard — and the kids don’t really notice. I just say their parents are going on a trip.)
D and C also love to dress up, so D asked if I could make Frozen costumes — specifically, he wanted to be Elsa and wanted C to be Anna. He said Darling Husband could be Kristoff, and I could be Sven (the reindeer) and Olaf (the snowman). Ouch, kid.
I decided to make a Kristoff costume, as well as dresses for Anna and Elsa, since D has (only very recently) become sensitive to the notion that “boys don’t wear dresses” (I blame some of the preschool boys) and I figured he wouldn’t actually want to dress up as Elsa.
So I grabbed $30 in fabric — totally guessing on how much of each, but basically a meter for each — and spend Friday night scribbling “patterns” and doing some cutting, and spent Saturday and Sunday sewing. D was really excited and helped me a bit.
My sweet, gracious children DID NOT WEAR THE DAMN COSTUMES.
Seriously! D flat-out refused to put the Kristoff costume on. I managed to coerce C into the Elsa and Anna dresses — using marshmallows and the iPod as a bribe — so I could take a few pictures of her. Gratitude, thy name is … not C and D.
I think they turned out really cute, but OH LORD, they were not an easy project. Well, I take that back. Kristoff’s costume was easy. Elsa’s dress was easy. Anna’s dress and cloak were a nightmare.
(I blame Little Sis — who was visiting with the kiddies — for the troubles with Anna’s dress, because I asked her to string the elastic through the neckline, and she got the safety pin so tangled and caught that I had to cut it apart. CUT IT APART. Sewing does not run in genes, it appears. Love you anyway, Sissy! xo)
The cloak was the real dramz, though. I bought slippery fabric that wasn’t cooperating, and I think I really screwed up my “pattern” to begin with, and it just ended up a hot mess. Oh well, it’s only for dress-up (she told herself dejectedly).
Patterns, you say? Tutorials, you say? Sorry, I was winging it majorly, but I’ll try to impact a bit of wisdom.
I think I’m probably high-level beginner sewer, if that helps you determine if you can tackle this. The only really trick part is the cape, and I think that’s because I (A) struggle with slippery fabric, and (B) didn’t think it through (uh, like I never do) …
(tldr: If you can make a simply baby dress, you can make these!)
Approximiate fabric shopping list:
- 2 metres light stretchy turquoise fabric (for Elsa’s skirt, Anna’s sleeves and faux V-neck)
- 2 metres of dark grey/black corduroy (for Kristoff’s tunic and Anna’s bodice)
- 1 metre of blue fleece (for Kristoff’s sleeves, pants, faux V-neck, mittens, and hat)
- 1 metre of super shiny/sequinny ice blue fabric (for Elsa’s sleeves and bodice)
- 1 metre of ice blue tulle (for Elsa’s train)
- 1 metre of deep maroon silky fabric (for Anna’s cloak)
- 1 metre of deep blue silky fabric (for Anna’s skirt)
Rough idea of my pattern pieces (Note: I never measure anything, it’s all based on sight — and therefore wonky and maybe charmingly homemade-ish?)
I apologize for the lack of a real tutorial, but this is the only photo I took while making the costumes …
As you can see, I really do just kind of “wing things” when I’m sewing — which would drive a lot of serious sewers crazy, I know. I don’t measure things. I’ve just made enough little baby-girl dresses to be able to eyeball sleeves, bodice shapes, etc. so that’s why everything is very basic.
I hope I’ve inspired someone (anyone! Bueller …? Bueller? …) to make Frozen costumes for your little ones. Other than the pain-in-the-butt cloak (*$#* cloak!) I would highly recommend playing around with it.
And now, of course, the goal is to get my kids to WEAR these costumes!